LSI Manages Ethernet Transport

Ethernet Functional Programming Interface (FPI) Release 3.0, its next-gen traffic management software for carrier-class Ethernet transport

May 5, 2009

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MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced Ethernet Functional Programming Interface (FPI) Release 3.0, its next-generation, traffic management software for carrier-class Ethernet transport. Carrier-class Ethernet enables rapid, low-cost deployment of the new technologies needed to meet growing demand for network services such as Enterprise Metro Ethernet and wireless broadband. LSI(TM) Ethernet FPI 3.0 advances the state-of-the-art with a new suite of scalable features and functions developed expressly for carrier-class Ethernet networks, including wireless backhaul management tools for service classification, reliability and quality of service.

The new FPI leverages a single interface across the full range of LSI APP multicore processors, enabling OEMs to utilize a single application across a broad system portfolio, reducing up-front R&D investment. The LSI APP platform is comprised of a multicore general-purpose processor and specialized programmable cores which provide packet processing, traffic management and security functions.

"The shift in network infrastructure to carrier-grade Ethernet has caused service providers to demand a new, more sophisticated set of network management tools," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "The latest Ethernet FPI from LSI provides the OAM acceleration and advanced traffic management capabilities needed by OEMs to deliver next-generation wireless backhaul products."

LSI Ethernet FPI 3.0 offers a complete set of OAM (operations, administration and maintenance) and CFM (connectivity fault management) functions, and contains a comprehensive, programmable toolkit that enables wireless service providers to provision guaranteed service levels, improve network reliability and significantly reduce operating costs. Performance monitoring, link detection and network diagnostics are accelerated on the LSI communications processor. Because the bulk of OAM processing is offloaded from the host, system performance is increased and overall costs are also reduced.

"Operators are looking to attract customers with premium services at lower costs, so the adoption of carrier-class Ethernet is increasing at a rapid rate," said Steve Vandris, communications processor product line director, Network Components Division, LSI. "LSI Ethernet FPI 3.0 enables operators to seamlessly introduce new services while substantially reducing the costs of deployment and ongoing network management."


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